Paul Pogba became the first Manchester United player to provide four assists in one Premier League match during United’s 5-1 win over Leeds United in their opening match of the 2021-22 season.
The French midfielder became only the seventh player in Premier League history to achieve the feat.
Two of Pogba’s four assists on Saturday were converted by Bruno Fernandes while the others set up Mason Greenwood and Fred.
4 - Paul Pogba is the 7th different player to register four assists in a single Premier League match, and the first Man Utd player to do so. The Frenchman made just three assists in his 26 league games in total last season. Fantastic. #MUNLEE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 14, 2021
Four assists in one Premier League match is the most any player has managed and here’s the list of six others who have achieved the record in the past:
Dennis Bergkamp (1999): Arsenal vs Leicester City
Former Arsenal midfielder Dennis Bergkamp was the first player to reach a quartet of assists in Gunner’s 5-0 win over Leicester City in 1999. The Dutch midfielder, who scored a hat-trick against Leicester in 1997, turned into a creator as three of his four assists were converted by Nicolas Anelka.
Jose Antonio Reyes (2006): Arsenal vs Middlesbrough
Seven years after setting the benchmark, it was another Gunner in Jose Antonio Reyes who managed to achieve the feat. Up against Middlesbrough in 2006, Arsenal scored seven goals and a certain Thierry Henry grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick.
While the Frenchman deservedly received the accolades, Reyes was on the top of his game too. Two of his four assists went to Henry while others were converted by Philippe Senderos and Aliaksandr Hleb.
Cesc Fabregas (2009): Arsenal vs Blackburn
In 2009, it was another Arsenal player who provided four assists in one Premier League match. This time, it was Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard not only provided assists but also scored a goal himself as Arsenal beat Blackburn 6-2. At the time, Fabregas was only the third player to have four assists in one league match.
Emmanuel Adebayor (2012): Tottenham vs Newcastle United
While Emmanuel Adebayor is the first non-Arsenal player on the list, he does have Arsenal roots in his veins. In 2012, while playing for Tottenham against Newcastle United, the center forward put on a dominant display as his team emerged 5-0 victors. Like Fabregas, he not only provided assists but also had a goal to his name.
Two of his four assists went to Louis Saha while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar were the other scorers.
Santi Cazorla (2013): Arsenal vs Wigan
In May 2013, Arsenal pushed Wigan Athletic to relegation in a game where Santi Cazorla wreaked absolute havoc. The former Spain midfielder provided assists to Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey as Arsenal won the game 4-1. In a performance of sheer brilliance, Cazorla stamped his authority in some style.
Harry Kane (2020): Southampton vs Tottenham
There has to be a London connection, doesn’t it? During the 2020-21 Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Southampton 5-2 in a game dominated by Harry Kane. All of Kane’s assists were converted by Son Heung-Min and the England forward got himself on the scoresheet as well.
While there are only seven players who managed to provide four assists in a Premier League game, former Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic’s feat is worth a special mention.
In October 2014, Southampton registered their biggest ever victory when they defeated Sunderland 8-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium. This game saw Tadic registering four assists, but one of those goals was an own goal. He nevertheless finished with three assists on the night.
|Players with four assists in one Premier League match|
|Dennis Bergkamp||Arsenal||Leicester City||1999|
|Jose Antonio Reyes||Arsenal||Middlesbrough||2006|
|Emmanuel Adebayor||Tottenham||Newcastle United||2012|
|Paul Pogba||Manchester United||Leeds United||2021|
Featured photo: AFP / Adrian Dennis